Daily Recovery Readings for December 19, 2017:
UNDERSTANDING THE MALADY
When dealing with an alcoholic, there may be a natural annoyance that a man could be so weak, stupid and irresponsible. Even when you understand the malady better, you may feel this feeling rising.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 139
Having suffered from alcoholism, I should understand the illness, but sometimes I feel annoyance, even contempt, toward a person who cannot make it in A.A. When I feel that way, I am satisfying my false sense of superiority and I must remember, but for the grace of God, there go I.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Many doctors and psychiatrists agree with our conclusions. One of these men, staff member of a world renowned hospital, recently made this statement to some of us, “What you say about the general hopelessness of the average alcoholics plight is, in my opinion, correct. As to two of you men, whose stories I have heard, there is no doubt in my mind that you were 100% hopeless, apart from divine help. Had you offered yourselves as patients at this hospital, I would not have taken you, if I had been able to avoid it. People like you are too heartbreaking. Though not a religious person, I have profound respect for the spiritual approach in such cases as yours. For most
cases, there is virtually no other solution.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, pg. 43~
Keep It Simple
The truth is more important than the facts. –Frank Lloyd Wright.
Before recovery, we relied on false facts about addiction. We said things like, “I can quit anytime I want.” “If you had my family, you’d drink too.” The truth is, we were out of control. We couldn’t manage our lives. We were sick. We were scared. When others pointed out this truth to us, we denied it. Honesty, the backbone of our program, is about truth. We even start our meetings with the truth about who we are. “Hi, my name is ___________, and I’m an alcoholic,” or “Hi, my name is _______________, and I’m a drug addict.” The truth frees us from our addiction. The truth heals us and gives us comfort.
It’s like a blanket on a cold winter night.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me be an honest person. I pray for the strength to face the truth and speak it.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll list 3 ways I have used facts in a dishonest way.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
It might seem as if your work is never done, but if you continue to concentrate on fulfilling your current obligations, you will soon begin to see the fruits of your labor. You might believe that someone close to you is being particularly critical of your work, causing you to doubt recent choices. However, you do not have the luxury of questioning the forces that brought you to this present moment. Throw away your rearview mirror and focus on the road ahead. It doesn’t matter what you did or didn’t do yesterday; it only matters what you do today.